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The Swiss novelist Blaise Cendrars fought in May 1915 near this village. He joined the French Foreign Legion, and joined the front line of the Somme during Wold War I. He was in the line at Frise (at La Grenouillère and the Bois de la Vache). He described this horror in the books La Main Coupée ("The Severed Hand") and J''ai Tué ("I have Killed").

"In the Bois de la Vache, and at the Corne au Bois, we were holding a little post which was only seperated from the little German post by a few sandbags. We could have bayoneted each other from one trench to the other".

It was during the bloody attacks in Champagne in September of 1915 that Blaise Cendrars lost his right arm and was discharged from the army.

He was friends with Ernest Hemingway and Henry Miller plus many of the writers, painters, and sculptors living in Paris. In 1918, his friend Amedeo Modigliani painted his portrait.



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